We Are Connected – Are We Protected?

A summit that explores ideas of prioritising the human experience, privacy and security in a digitally connected world.



Wednesday 21 February 2024, 10:00-19:00 County Hall, Belvedere Road, London, London SE1 7PB

Digitally connected ‘smart’ devices benefit society in a plethora of ways – from energy efficiencies to alleviating pressures on health services, as well as enhancing safety and supporting service provisions in public spaces. These devices are constantly collecting, processing, and sharing our personal data and information. They communicate with one another over the internet infrastructure, connecting the physical world to the cyber world through sensors and actuators.  Internet connected technologies are ever more embedded into people’s lives – in homes, in public spaces, and are increasingly used in health and wellbeing sectors 

But what are the privacy and security implications for citizens living with connected technologies? And how can industry practice, research and public policies prioritise respectful privacy and strategic security?

Join leading experts in academia, government and industry to explore ideas of prioritising respectful privacy and strategic security of connected technologies.

Call for Contributions (Now Closed)

PETRAS welcomes exhibition contributions from applicants with social, technical, and multidisciplinary expertise in academia, and the public and private sectors. There is a broad scope for contributions on topics that consider issues of privacy and security of connected technologies impacting citizens, industry, and society more broadly. Please see the call guidelines below for more information.


Welcome and Introductions | 10:00 - 10:10 | County Suite

Professor Jeremy Watson CBE FREng
Director & PI, PETRAS National Centre of Excellence

Professor Jeremy D Watson CBE FREng FIET is the PI and Director of the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems security, Prof of Engineering Systems at UCL STEaPP, and Chief Scientist and Engineer at BRE; he was previously President of the IET, Global Research Director at Arup, Technology Director of BOC Edwards, and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department of Communities & Local Government during which time he served on SAGE. He currently is lead Fellow for Engineering Policy at the RAEng, and chair of the National Engineering Policy Centre Committee.

Talks | 10:10 - 17:00 | County Suite

Keynotes | 10:10 - 11:10

Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein,
President of City, University of London

Anthony Finkelstein is a computer scientist and President of City, University of London. He was formerly the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security. During this time, Anthony’s research was based at The Alan Turing Institute and he held a Chair in Software Systems Engineering at University College London (UCL). Prior to this, he was Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Head of UCL Computer Science. His scientific work is in the broad area of systems engineering. Anthony is currently Chair of the Police Science Council and a member of the DfE National Implementation Board for Reform to Children’s Social Care. He will introduce the concept of intelligence equities and the dynamics of contested security.

Caroline Gorski,
CEO of Capital Enterprise

Caroline Gorski is the CEO of Capital Enterprise and a recognised innovation leader. She is known for her tenure as the head of R² Data Labs, Rolls-Royce's Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence division, and as the former CEO of the R² Factory. With a background that includes her role as Head of IoT and Digital Manufacturing at Digital Catapult, Caroline frequently appears as a speaker and panellist on topics including AI, leadership, and digital transformation.

Break | 11:10 - 11:25

In the Moment with AI... in Music | 11:25 - 11:45

Dave de Roure,
University of Oxford

Professor David De Roure FBCS FIMA FRSA is Professor of e-Research at the University of Oxford. Throughout his career he has investigated emerging technologies and models in large scale distributed and sociotechnical systems, with a broad interest in society, technology and creativity while also focusing on innovation in the process of scholarship. From an early background in electronics and computer science, he became closely involved in the Hypertext, Web, and linked data communities, in pervasive computing, and in digital social research. Today he focuses on living in the Internet of Things, on new methods of digital scholarship, and innovation in knowledge infrastructure. David’s personal research is at the intersection of music, maths, machines and AI, empowering the creative human in music composition, performance and production. David works closely with multiple disciplines including humanities (digital humanities, digital musicology), engineering (Internet of Things, cybersecurity), social sciences (Social Machines, Web Science), information science (knowledge infrastructure, computational archival science), and computer science (large scale distributed systems, AI). He is a founding member of two major UK initiatives: the PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things Cybersecurity, and the Software Sustainability Institute.

Interconnected Challenges of Connected Places | 11.45 - 13:00

Dr Gideon Ogunniye, UCL

Liam O'Brien, DSIT 

Ben Edginton-Thomas, Plexal

Professor Julie McCann, PETRAS
Ed Parham, Space Syntax

Chaired by

Dr Gideon Ogunniye, Senior Research Fellow, University College London

Talking Points

⦿What are the public perceptions of connected places?

⦿And how do these perceptions impact cybersecurity and privacy?

⦿What might be intended and unintended consequences? 

Lunch Break & Networking | 13:00 - 14:15

Prioritising Privacy and Security of Connected Homes | 14:15 - 15:30

Dr Oktay Cetinkaya, University of Oxford

Dr Anna Maria Mandalari, UCL 

Tony Williams, Cube Controls

Michael Grant, Metrikus

Sam Cater, BT Research and Network Strategy 

Keynote by

Dr Anna Maria Mandalaria, UCL

Chaired by

Dr Oktay Cetinkaya, Senior Research Associate, University of Oxford 


Talking Points

⦿ What is the general public’s understanding of the privacy and security implications of connected homes?

⦿ Do people feel they have sufficient agency when selecting and deploying these technologies in their homes?

⦿ How should privacy and security be prioritised?  

Break | 15:30 - 15:45

Citizens’ Rights and the Cybersecurity Implications of Wearable Technologies | 15:45 - 17:00

Dame Caroline Dinenage, MP  

Dr Peter Novitzky, UCL & Avans University

Simon KC Toh, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust

Dr Maryam Mehrnezhad, Royal Holloway, University of London

Mike Hobby, Cambridge Consultants
Julie Dawson, Chief Policy & Regulatory Officer, Yoti

Opening Remarks

Dame Caroline Dinenage MP, Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

Keynote by

Professor Simon KC Toh, Senior Consultant General Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust 

Chaired by

Dr Peter Novitzky, Senior Research Fellow, 

UCL & Associate Professor - Ethics of Emerging Technologies at Avans University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands

Talking Points

⦿ Is the public aware of how their health data is being stored and shared?

⦿ What are the potential cybersecurity threats posed?

⦿ What are the impacts of technologies aimed at specific groups, such FemTech? 

 Exhibition | 11:00-19:00 | Thames Suite & Thames 1 & 2

PETRAS will also hold an exhibition of posters, comics and models from participants with social, technical, and multidisciplinary expertise in academia, and the public and private sectors. The exhibits display a broad scope of interpretations on topics that consider issues of privacy and security of connected technologies impacting citizens, industry, and society.


Intelligently Protecting Clients Infrastructure From Today's Threat

Evan Jones and Pojitha K (Complete Cyber)

Calvium: Digital innovation for people, place and the planet

Jo Morrison and Marissa Harlington (Calvium)

Automated Security & Compliance for the Extended Enterprise - IT, OT & IoT

Chris Hepple, Samuel Brunt and Mark Lowings (Forescout)


Ali Nicholl (IOTICS)

Connecting the Property Industry

Shahad Choudhury, Adam and Michael Hill (OpenBrix)

The Road to Organisational Resilience

Natasha Cummings, Adrian Jolly, Mark Goldspink and Amar Patel (IoCR)

Cyber Security for AI

Peter Garraghan and William Hackett (Mindgard)

Your building data on demand

Michael Grant, Josh McAneny and James Palmer (Metrikus)

DSbD: From Secure Foundations to a Resilient Future (Technology Access Programme)

Agata Samojlowicz, Darren Tee and Georgios Papadakis (UKRI)

Fortanix - Look. Know. Further.

Rob Stubbs and Richard Searle (Fortanix)

Trusted IoT Onboarding and Lifecycle Management


Group Two: National Infrastructure & Manufacturing

Future Infrastructure for Retail Remittances [FIRE]

Geoffrey Goodell (University College London)

Cybersecurity Risks of Adversarial AI in Transportation

Weisi Guo and Adolfo Perrusquia (Cranfield University)

Cyber Security for Robotics with Dynamic Processes

Grace Lim and Jon Hall (University of Sheffield, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre)

RSS - Rail Safety & Security

Mary He (University of Salford)

Built Enviroments

Multi-Layered Attack Detection in Home IoT Networks

Rajaran Muttukrishnan and Safwana Haque (City, University of London)

Cyber-Physical Security and Privacy

Nada Alhirabi, Bayan Al Muhander and Yaser Majib (Cardiff University)

Security of Connected Places

Meha Shukla (University College London)

The Implementation and Integration of Technology Hardware in Place

Rebecca Hartley (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Privacy standards in IoT for independent and assisted living

Jinqian Li, Yuxin Xiao, Koehi Sumida, Satomi Hatakeyama and Xueqian Ji (University College London)

The Internet of Tactical Engagement (IoTE): Acceptability of Data-driven Public Communications in Smart Homes

Jiahong Chen (University of Sheffield)

TAIMAS - Protecting your Infrastructure

Tony Williams (Cube Controls), Jeremy Watson (University College London)


IoTrim: Detecting and Blocking Non-essential IoT Traffic

Anna Maria Mandalari and Fabio Palmese (University College London)

Velma Healthcare: Empowering Patients To Better Self-Care

Simon Toh, C Zachary Toh and Miles Toh (Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust)


CableAuth: A Biometric Second Factor Authentication Scheme for Electric Vehicle Charging

Simon Birnbach, Jack Sturgess and Sebastian Kohler (University of Oxford)

Own Your Vehicle Data

Tooska Dargahi and Meisam Babaie (Manchester Metropolitan University)

CLADDED - Detecting and Deterring Attacks on Electric Vehicle Charging Points

Joseph Anande (University of Warwick)

Networking Reception | 17:00-19:00 | Thames Suite & Thames 1 & 2

The event will conclude with a networking reception with PETRAS's expansive network of experts in academia, and the public and private sectors.

Other Important Information:

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This event is supported by UKRI’s Innnovate UK. Innovate UK support business-led innovation in all sectors, technologies and UK regions. They help businesses grow through the development and commercialisation of new products, processes, and services, supported by an outstanding innovation ecosystem that is agile, inclusive, and easy to navigate. PETRAS is funded by EPSRC and Innovate UK as part of the Security of Digital Technologies at the Periphery (SDTaP) programme. The SDTaP programme supports the development of a safe and secure Internet of Things (IoT). 

For general enquiries about this event, please contact us at petras@ucl.ac.uk.